My name is Marshall. So when I get a very timely, appropriate, and convicting message – a just-what-I-needed-right-when-I-needed-it, personalized-breaking-news, headline Word aimed right at me – from someone of the same name (Erin Keeley Marshall), I pay attention. Because this is how God speaks, and I’m quite sure – adamant, even – that we all experience ‘being told’ in this way, and that we quite often have encountered similar, seemingly unexplainable earfuls and eyefuls. In other words, we are each being constantly reminded that there is no such thing as coincidence.
I just want you to admit it. To confess it. To confess what it is, what it truly, honestly means: GOD Is. “I’m important, but no more important than any one else.” This is the biggest clue to finding The Truth.
One of my all-time favorite quotes:
“God has put enough into the world to make faith in Him a most reasonable thing. But He has left enough out to make it impossible (Me: IMPOSSIBLE!) to live by sheer reason or observation alone.”
Ravi Zacharias, A Bigger Story, May 30, 2013
“…every worldview can leave us with questions that we cannot exhaustively resolve this side of eternity. Every worldview has gaps. The question is, Does my paradigm fit reality and have enough reason behind it to explain how these gaps might actually be filled and remain consistent?
If the first foundational question human nature asks is “How” all this got here (who or what created it), and the next is “Why” (why is it here, why am I here), then the third has to be “How shall I live in response?” And this is key; it’s important because it is the first question on which I can take real action; the first time something I do can potentially provide a resolution. (And I really like the double meaning of that word:
Resolution: noun, 1: a firm decision to do or not to do something. 2: the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.)
What we have here is a not a failure to communicate (name that movie) but a way to respond to this “how”. (Well, what we have here is a failure to agree on this basic principle: There is a Creator, The Creator has a purpose, and each one of us is important to its realization.)
If our response is holy (meaning ‘accepting of the Creator’s purpose’), there is comfort and surety, peace and sanity, reason and reasonableness. There is good feeling; there is something upon which we each can base every subsequent thing we do, say, think, and feel. Or we can fight against it, and find life an injustice.
The right answer to this question – which is not literally the same for everyone – is the one that helps me understand that each one of us has an equal right to be here. Not because it’s all about me, but because God in His unknowable purpose and wisdom put me here, needs me here, exactly where I am. Exactly where each of us is.
The opposite view is to suggest a hierarchy of people, and that means somebody is on the bottom, less important or necessary than others. Disposable. Unmissable. Better off …not. Have we not seen – are we not still seeing – this “anti-truth” put into action daily? When history is forgotten, it is repeated.
I think what I am trying to say is that anyone, everyone who actually takes a minute to really think about this, can’t help but come to the same conclusion: There is a Creator, whom we should yearn to know intimately. Because all answers are ultimately from Him. The Creator specifically made each one of us to fulfill a very specific need or role in His Creation. The part is completely necessary, un-voidable and unavoidable. Not at all random. But we do audition for it: we are each born, we live – choosing our beliefs and actions, and we pass on, as characters in the eternal story. Some one had to be the Judas – (and he had the freedom to choose, but he chose the lie. He denied the Truth. This is a subject for another post.)
And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.
For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and Divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. So that people are without excuse.
The message really comes from God.